Ilford XP2 - 35mm Film

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Ilford XP2 Super is a high-speed, fine-grained beauty of a 35mm film - and most importantly it is processed via the normal colour process which is offered as same-day development in many high-street shops!

A useful chemical trick from Ilford with significant benefits for XP2's effective exposure latitude

 

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Specification

Format: 35mm
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 400
Exposures: 36
Pack size: 1

 

To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film. And if you want the full details about the film, including technical information, read about Ilford XP2 over on EMULSIVE.

 

Ilford was founded in 1879 in the English town of the same name. They are B&W royalty in the photography industry thanks to their 140-year heritage and their support for photographers with chemicals and development as well as film. In the mid-20th Century they produced several well-regarded camera lines (including one given to Princess Elizabeth that was later stolen!) but today they are focused on producing the best films and development processes that they can.

For more information about the brand check out our bio of Ilford

Sample shots (c) Ric Capucho

 

Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Ilford XP2 Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Just Blore
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Excellent film

I keep going back to Ilford XP2, I'm so impressed with the fine grain and wide exposure latitude - it's lovely film with gorgeous tones and sharpness. I've recently got back into film photography and have been shooting XP2 on 35mm as well as 120 format. If you have this film scanned by a lab, it's normal for it to be put through as a colour film (due to it being developed in C41 chemistry) but it should be converted to monochrome during scanning. Scans may have a bit of a tint to them as I've seen in other comments, but as soon as you convert the files to grayscale this disappears and the black and white tones are revealed in all their glory!

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Andrew Miller
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Great film

I think this is my favourite black and white film. I try other film stocks from time to time, for the sake of experimenting, but always come back to xp2. It has lovely fine grain and is very forgiving when it comes to exposure latitude. I’ve always shot it at box speed and it gives great results every time. Developing in c41 chemicals makes it easier to get processed, though the scans sometimes come back with a faint magenta tint. (I believe labs develop this film as c41 then scan it as colour negative, rather than scanning it as bw negative, as they probably should) It’s an easy thing to remedy.

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Roger Whitworth
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Even better cross processed!

Years ago, before digital, I used this film once or twice and sent it off to be developed only for the lab to send me back a load of blank negatives, I don't think they realised it was a C41 dev film. Fast forward 25 years and I ran out of film whilst out and about and this was the only film I could get from our leading chemist chain.
So I exposed the film and decided to try cross-processing it in Pyro510 developer. As this is a new developer and it appeared at that time that no one tried to develop it in it I estimated, on the cautious side, how long and at what strength it needed.
I have to say it exceeded all my expectations, it came out wonderfully, even though the film was shot in winter with dull light.
As a comparison I also developed a XP2 film in C41 chemistry to see how it compared to the pyro 510 dev and I must say I thought the pyro developed film was far better, finer grain, better contrast and lovely shadow detail.
I love this film, it's a good all rounder, whether developed in C41 or B&W chemistry.
(For those interested I used a 1:200 solution pyro510 for 40 minutes RH long stand @24ºC)

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R.V.
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Ilford's best 400 speed film

HP5+ may get more attention, but I honestly think that XP2 is the better of the two 400 ISO films. The C41 processing can be a positive or a negative (now that I develop my own B+W, it's harder to justify buying a C41 film) but the quality of pictures I've had from XP2 has consistnetly impressed me. I've shot it in bright sunlight, light cloud and moderate fog, all with satisfactory results and for a 400 ISO film the grain is pretty good too. Highly recommended.

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Alexander Simmons
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
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Fantastic and versitile film

This film really speaks for itself, it's very low grain, very flexible with exposures (I shot as an ISO of 200 for all my photos shared but used as high as 800 with no issues that are the fault of the film) furthermore for lab processing this film is much cheaper than HP5, it becomes effectively fomapan/kentmere cost film but Ilford quality. 100% recommend this film.